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November 10, 2016

Removal starts of fatal Croydon tram crash at Sandilands Junction, UK

Removal has started of the Croydon tram carriages that derailed near Sandilands Junction on the London Tramlink system, reportedly killing seven people and injuring 50.

By Srivani Venna

Removal has started of the Croydon tram carriages that derailed near Sandilands Junction on the London Tramlink system, reportedly killing seven people and injuring 50. 

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is investigating the fatal incident, stating that the tram derailed and turned on its side at a sharp, left-hand curve before reaching the junction.

The tram was operating an inbound service from New Addington to Wimbledon through Croydon town centre on 9 November.

Based on initial indications, RAIB had evidence to suggest that the tram was travelling at a ‘significantly higher speed than is permitted’.

Inbound trams from the Beckenham Junction/Elmers end and New Addington routes converge at Sandilands Junction.

"We are working closely with the emergency services on site and will continue to work with them ‎during the investigation into what happened."

RAIB noted that trams approaching from the New Addington direction are required to negotiate a sharp, left-hand curve with a speed limit of 20km/h before reaching the junction.

The evidence needed to identify factors causing the accident is currently being collected by RAIB.

London Transport commissioner Mike Brown said: “‎All of our thoughts are with those who sadly lost their lives in this incident, those who were injured and the families of those affected.

“We are working closely with the emergency services on site and will continue to work with them ‎during the investigation into what happened.”

The incident is the first fatal tram crash in Britain for nearly 60 years, reported the Telegraph. The driver was arrested at the scene and later released on police bail.


Image: Derailed tram at Sandilands Junction. Photo: © Crown copyright.

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